422.02 Criminal Trial Practice

This is the basic trial skills course with a focus on criminal litigation. The course covers Story Telling, Brainstorming, Opening Statement, Direct Examination, Cross Examination, Impeachment, Exhibits,  Trial Preparation and Closing Argument. In sections of no more than 12 students per section, students prepare and perform the various skills using simulated problems and case files. After each performance, students receive constructive comments both in class and during individual video review meetings with faculty members who are also experienced trial lawyers. 

After a first regular session at our regular time, the next first four sessions will be an intensive program with classes Thursday and Friday evenings, and half days on Saturday and Sunday, January 28-31.  After the intensive session, regular classes will be resume for five weeks.  The course ends before spring break, with a full jury trial of a case with teams of two students on each side. When the trial ends, the jury deliberates and students can watch as it deliberates.

Enrollment Pre-/Co- Requisite Information

Law 245 Evidence is a pre-requisite for Criminal Trial Practice. This course is not open to students who are taking, or have taken, Law 420 Trial Practice.

Spring 2022

Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor
Course Credits
Thomas K. Maher
Sakai site: https://sakai.duke.edu/portal/site/LAW-422-02-Sp22
Email list: LAW-422-02-Sp22@sakai.duke.edu
Degree Requirements
Course Requirements - JD
Course Requirements - Public Interest
Course Areas of Practice
Course Areas of Practice